Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr.
Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
This September, I invite you to join thousands of volunteers across the state who will participate in COASTSWEEP 2011 – a beach cleanup event that happens throughout September and October. In the past five years, more than 13,000 COASTSWEEP volunteers have removed over 6,500 bags of trash from Massachusetts beaches and riverbanks. As part of the International Coastal Cleanup organized by The Ocean Conservancy in Washington, D.C., COASTSWEEP aims to collect trash and other marine debris, such as food wrappers, pieces of fishing net, truck tires, milk crates or beverage cans, and cigarette butts, from beaches, riverfronts, and lakeshores across the state. All the debris collected will be recorded onto data cards that will expand understanding of types of materials that pollute beaches in Massachusetts and all over the world. This year, COASTSWEEP will celebrate its 24th anniversary.
Marine debris not only affects recreational activities for families across the Commonwealth, but it also injures or kills thousands of marine animals each year. Fish, birds, and other wildlife swallow particles found on the beach, while turtles and marine mammals can become entangled in fishing nets offshore.
The hard work and dedication of thousands of COASTSWEEP volunteers help ensure that our beaches are the best they can be. Each of nearly 100 local cleanups across the state is led by a coordinator who identifies important sites in need of debris removal and organizes potential volunteers.
For a list of beach cleanup scheduled in your area, check out http://www.coastsweep.umb.edu/2011cleanups.html
For tips on how to keep Massachusetts’ shores clean year round, visit http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/marine-debris/international-coastal-cleanup-11.html
I hope you’ll join this worthwhile effort to get our beaches, lakeshores, and riverfronts in ship shape!
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: April posted on May 14
A lamb at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton. Photo by David Cawston April’s contest winner was David Cawston who photographed a spring lamb at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton. The Cummings School of …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: April
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March posted on Apr 23
Girard’s Sugarhouse in Heath, MA. The sugarhouse was built in 1887 and produces around 250-300 gallons of syrup annually. Photo by Michael Girard March’s contest winner was Michael Girard who photographed his family’s sugarhouse in Heath. Michael Girard has been a sugarmaker since 1961 when he …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February posted on Feb 25
February’s contest winner was Amanda Bettle, who photographed sheep at The Natural Resources Trust of Easton. This photo features Dog, a former 4-H show animal and sole male sheep among the nine ewes in the Natural Resources Trust of Easton (NRT) flock. It is the mission …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February